Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Bird Keeper (Permanent – Full-time)

Bird Keeper (Permanent – Full-time)

Salary: commensurate with experience

Newquay Zoo is part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, comprising Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts, Slapton Ley and two urban nature reserves.  Newquay Zoo opened in 1969, and has become one of the country’s top Zoos, contributing towards ground breaking and innovative conservation programmes.  It has also proved itself to be one of the best visitor attractions in the South West.

A position has become available for the post of Bird Keeper at Newquay Zoo.  The post requires a hardworking, dedicated, enthusiastic and reliable individual, who will be expected to work on their own initiative and as part of a team, and be committed to the ongoing development of the zoo.

The ideal candidate should possess at least 2 years animal keeping experience within a BIAZA or EAZA recognised institution, and will have preferably completed, and passed, the Diploma in the Management of Zoo and Aquarium Animals (DMZAA).

Duties will include attending to the husbandry requirements of a variety avian species, as directed by a Senior Keeper or the Head Keeper.  In addition, the ideal candidate with also have knowledge, and an interest, in the range of taxa in our Tropical House, as they would be expected to cover the section on an occasional basis.  Daily observations of individual animals, completion of relevant records, and having the ability to answer visitors’ questions as required, in a courteous and informative manner, are fundamental for this position.

Hours of work are 38.75 hours per week, which may include weekends and Bank Holidays.

The closing date for applications is the 19th February 2017

Please apply, in writing, enclosing a full CV and covering letter to:-

Miss Sam Harley
Head Keeper
Newquay  Zoo
Trenance Gardens

Or alternatively

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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